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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Great Fall Migration

Somehow this year I ended up with quite a few more plants that are not hardy enough to leave outside all winter, that must be overwintered inside. Last weekend Nigel helped me carry in a bunch of larger plants out of the gravel garden and into the south-facing window in my dining room. It's about time we gave the banana some company.

Two small Begonia boliviensis, a succulent dish, and a couple of Agaves, including the Agave attenuata that I bought in San Francisco during the Fling, have taken up prime real estate on top of the dining room table.

Between the table and the south-facing window, Agave 'Baccarat,' Dyckia 'Precious Metal,' Agave 'Blue Glow,' Aloe glauca and Mangave 'Macho Mocha,' and an array of smaller plants on the window sill.

'Baccarat,' which I bought at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show last February, may actually be hardy in the ground here, but I never planted it. The rule of thumb is that plants in containers are less hardy than in the ground, so for safety's sake, I've brought it in.

Aloe glauca flower

The east-facing window above my kitchen sink is also home to a large handful of plants and various cuttings

Starting Coleus cuttings in water worked really well last winter, so I'm trying it again

This Echeveria, possibly 'Black Prince,' got quite tall in its nursery pot in the gravel garden, tall and top-heavy enough that it just flopped over. So I cut the top off, stripped some of the leaves, and I'm having a go at rooting it in cactus soil. I only left about a half-inch or so of stem beneath that rosette, because according to what I've read that's all you need.

Echeveria cuttings

Begonias and Bromelaids are lined up on the coffee table in the living room, in the weaker light of a west-facing window.

A pair of Elephant Ears sit in the tub of the upstairs guest bathroom. They were bought for a container and then never used, so even though I could just buy new ones next spring, I'm going to try to give them a chance at next year's glory by overwintering them.

The guest bathroom with its skylight is one of the brightest rooms in the house, so it's also home to a handful of small succulent pots

The guest bedroom too

My smaller potted Agaves are still outside on the front porch in an experimental setup. They'll get their very own post.


  1. You've managed to arrange them so well and they look pretty, especially the guest bath. I'm not looking forward to migration day which is about three weeks away now. Trying to leave things in place for visitors next week and then chaos as it all gets moved around.

  2. I think Andrew would kill me if I took over this much real estate in the house. Now granted ours is much smaller but his patience would wear thin quickly (hence he builds places for me to store them outside). I am curious though, do you have a basement? If you start to get claustrophobic with that many plants in your dining room many of them will be happy under bright lights in the basement.

  3. I was so enjoying how well you'd found room for everything until we got to the upstairs bathroom. I just lost it. Elephant ears peeking over the side of the tub, what fun! .

  4. So many wintertime house guests! I feel better now about my crowded window sills.

  5. Love that Alce glauca flower.

  6. Oh Alison, your house is full of the objects of your plant lust! Elephant ears in the bathtub made me laugh out loud because I've had a full tub before too. Is this a ploy to get Nigel to buy you a greenhouse?


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